States: Louisiana: Orleans
You made me curious so I did a little more looking and found an interesting article concerning a shoot-out in downtown New Orleans in March of 1876. A James S. Prestidge, partner in the firm of Prestidge, Graham & Co., was involved (and wounded). I also found several mentions of James S. and Mrs. J. S. Prestidge plus 3 children in Memphis papers circa 1879. Seems as though Mrs. Prestidge and the kids were victims of a Yellow Fever epidemic. Don't know if they died. Could this be your fellow of interest? PRESTIDGE isn't a real common name so could he have engaged in business both in Memphis and New Orleans? Even in those days, it was easy enough to "commute" via riverboat. Lastly, I found an 1861 article in a Mississippi newspaper concerning the organization of a Confederate unit (sorry didn't make notes). Mentioned in the article is Capt. James Prestidge, Co. A, "Mississippi Greys" out of Lawrence (county?), MS. Maybe all of this is old news but thought I would pass it on just in case.....
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